Constitution change on land 'not needed'

2011-11-09 08:26

Cape Town - The government has no need to change the Constitution to achieve its land reform targets, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday.

Motlanthe told Parliament's Press Gallery Association neither the willing buyer, willing seller principle, nor the property clause in the Constitution, stood in the way of expropriation where it was necessary.

"The law as it stands today allows government to expropriate land if it is in the public interest. So willing buyer, willing seller is not an obstacle."

Motlanthe went on to stress that the law obliged the state to demonstrate a clear case for expropriation.

"You can't deal with land by simply using percentages, we need to look at the purpose."

He appeared to contradict recent statements by Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti that raised fears of a Constitution change.

The minister said in June the state was unable to reach its target of acquiring 30% of arable land to redistribute by 2014 "because of red tape" and the protection the Constitution affords private property ownership.

  • Henri - 2011-11-09 08:37

    Don't steal. The government hates competition

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 08:52

      Why you asking Sganja? Planning to invade it, then put up your tin shack, plant 5 mielie plants, 3 kalbasse and some marogo, and graze your goats on your front lawn (all in the name of economic freedom and prosperity, of course...)??? I just love seeing you bunch starve yourself to death - bloody entertaining...

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 08:56

      And by the way Sganja, I have land - a huge bloody block of it. BUT it is in a neighbouring country, safely away from your grubby little paws...What do you have??? LOL....

      Herman - 2011-11-09 08:58

      @ Vicker....the consumers like sganja has no idea what to do with the land they want so badly, they just want and demand.

      Henri - 2011-11-09 09:03

      @Sganja - I have, your more than welcome to try and grab it you useless thickheaded douchebag

      Felix - 2011-11-09 09:18

      Hey sganga, shouldn't you be writing another stupid article by 'superman'?

      Henri - 2011-11-09 09:23

      Sganja, like i said, your more than welcome to try :)

      Sganja - 2011-11-09 09:24

      Hey Janine We will pay the price don't worry... Felix what?

      makesuthink - 2011-11-09 09:31

      Sqanja You and the dog down the road chasing a car are the same. When you grab land you like the dog when he catches the car will not know what to do with it.

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 09:42

      @Sganja - I just love the way you use the word "we". "We will do this, we will do that..." You are obviously unable to do anything on your own... BTW - all my assets and liquidity are NOT in this country - so I just walk away when the house of cards comes crashing down, and while I sit on the beach sipping a cold one I can watch the circus on satellite TV, when the dogs start turning on each other after they have consumed everything else... See Sganja - triumph will NEVER be yours - the fool can never bring down the to be you hey???

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 09:50

      @Sganja - I can of course spend the whole day making you look like the idiot you are, or I can spend the time more productively making more money today than what you see in a year...Mmmm tough choice. Well my choice is obviously....wait for it....kaChing...

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 10:11

      @Sganja, I have land yes, I employ 17 people all with wages way above minimum wage, all house with electricity and water at my expense, and all well fed, (most a bit overweight in fact), those with kids ensure that there kids are at school, at my expense, and I make a small profit. I also have international options if you and your ilk steal my land, my people will all end up worse off, there is no doubt in my mind or there minds. I am a tax payer, I pay for all my and my staff utilities, when they are ill I assist them with medical etc etc. And I bought my land post 1994, but that has never stopped corrupt politicians from land grabbing. And there is not one example where this has benefitted the poor, so my good friend, do not chase investors like me away, it will not benefit you or the poor, and the corrupt and the crooked, the two M's of Africa, Malema and Mugabe, they will derive some short term benefits, but that is all

  • stephenrfrank - 2011-11-09 08:44

    We will respect the constitution and the principle of willing buyer,willing seller BUT we will expropriate! Am I missing something?

      Herman - 2011-11-09 11:55

      "He appeared to contradict recent statements by Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti that raised fears of a Constitution change." Of course Motlanthe will be in contradiction with his own party, with Malemmer behind him he stands to become ipresideeent... We all know Motlanthe hates whites, with his last trip to the US he was making fun of the whites and their issues... But it's ok, we're working on cutting off the ANC's bank roll...!/pages/Stop-The-ANC-from-bankrupting-South-Africa/155894351175297?sk=wall

  • Vicker - 2011-11-09 08:55

    Lets not lose sight of the fact that a 2/3rds majority is required to amend the Constitution (then again this has never stopped these clowns from doing what they please in any event).

      Vicker - 2011-11-09 09:11

      Yes, JUST imagine. I will be laughing my head off as you hold out your dusty palm to the nice American lady at the Internation Red Cross soup kitchen just across the road from YOUR farm, shortly after you expropriated the productive land from the white farmer. But hey, the important thing is, it will now be yours. The fact that your children's stomachs will be bloated from malnutrition isnt that important after all... "whaaaaaaaa" indeed...

      Karien - 2011-11-09 09:19

      There's just one approriate word for Sganja...DOF!

      Henri - 2011-11-09 09:25

      The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it

      chanchan - 2011-11-09 09:29

      @vicker, they wont own the land, the ANC members will, just like in ZIM. they were promised the land and old d#ck face magabe took it and sold it off and gave the rest to his family and friends. The idiots that vote for the ANC dont think the same thing will happen over here ????

  • Chris - 2011-11-09 08:56

    Wouldn't it be great if we had wake up tomorrow and read "Malema bought the farm?

  • Karien - 2011-11-09 09:01

    The pro-expropriation lot are just absolutely missing the plot. Wealth is a return on production. Until the majority within the ANC and their supporters learn that, continued poverty will remain the status-quo for the majority of SA voters. Taking someones' land or simplistic BBEEE CANNOT enrich the masses. For sustainable returns they will have to be proactive in producing and contributing positively to the SA economy. There is no way around that. Either work and pay your dues, or you WILL stay poor, that's it!

  • Mark - 2011-11-09 09:08

    I wish that the African governments would just enter into negotiations with the European nations that colonised Africa and got a once off payment for the history of slavery and colonisation and moved on. West Germany paid Israel 300 million marks from 1953 to 1967 and normalised relations. Japan gave South Korea 800 million dollars in soft loans in 1965. All four nations agreed never to enter into any future reparation demands and moved on with their lives and prospered. Africa decided to prostitute itself to either the West or the East in the cold war era in order to extract the maximum amount of money from a guilt ridden international community, and has taken (and continues to take) hundreds of billions of dollars in aid from the West. Yet they now have the audacity to threaten expropriation and indigeonisation whilst demanding ever more. When will Africa break the beggar mentality and stop obsessing over its past?

  • Havokreeka - 2011-11-09 09:09

    I think it's time for the White farmers in SA to start stock piling weapons...

      chanchan - 2011-11-09 09:16

      hahahahaha buddy trust me they already are ! LOTS AND LOTS OF WEAPONS !!

  • Milene - 2011-11-09 09:17

    No need to get upset – expropriation in public interest can only be implemented under severe circumstances – natural disasters, wars etc. As the law currently stands, the ANC wouldn’t be able to prove that it’s in public interest to expropriate land. Point in case being Zim!

      chanchan - 2011-11-09 09:30

      do u really think that would stop them ???

  • Kevin - 2011-11-09 10:29

    This old montlanthe has really taken fat boys offer of presidency serious and is now sounding like an ancyl member . Dont feel to old. most of the ancyl are middle aged but you are the oldest puppet.I worked hard for my land and I will poison the ground rather than let some undeserving thug have use of it.Expropiation se gat.

  • raath - 2011-11-09 11:51

    Sounds more like Kgalema Mugabe to me...

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